For all my neat freaks and professional house cleaners out there!
I’ve spent the last several years house cleaning professionally and I’ve gathered some knowledge along the way. Not a lot, but enough to think I’ve learned a thing or two worth sharing!
Our companies niche is focused on using only eco-friendly products, and as some of you may know, finding good eco-friendly products that get the job done can be a bit of a challenge.
Not only that but carrying around clunky equipment that breaks down or hardly works can make the average cleaning job a cleaning nightmare.
There’s plenty of lists out there floating around, so I figured I’d take a crack at compiling a list of my own favorite ‘tools of the trade’ that I use for you guys in hopes that it helps you along on your cleaning adventure!
What makes an item essential?
Just as it reads, essential means you can’t go without it!
It’s not only helpful but affordable as well!
You feel relieved when you know it’s there!
It does what it is supposed to do!
You’d probably recommend it to your friends unless you are the type who likes to keep their secret weapons a secret!
This Thing Really Sucks! For a Vacuum, That’s a Good Thing! Item #5
Shark Vacuums are at the top of my list of favorite tools of the trade. Seriously you guys, these things do a great job! They’re not only highly efficient but reasonably priced.
Although they aren’t necessarily made for professional work, their design is sturdy and lightweight so you can carry them from job to job, they fit easily into the trunk of a compact car, and you don’t have to have arms like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to lug them around.
I’ve tried several of their stick vacuums but the one I’m partial to (and currently use for all of my services) is the Shark Apex Uplight Vacuum with Lift-Away, Duo Clean & Self Cleaning Brush Roll.
Like some of the people I’ve dated in the past, it comes with a bag of attachments! LOL Ok, TMI, but I’m sure some of you can relate.
Seriously though guys, the attachment features are excellent and I tend to use them a lot.
The dust attachment is great for bookshelves and nick-nacks, and I absolutely can’t live without the pet hair upholstery attachment. It can take a dog/cat hair-covered couch and make it look new in a matter of moments.
Floors Galore. Item #4
Mop and buckets for home use are in my opinion, completely impractical. They’re clunky which makes them difficult to maneuver around the house and hard to store. Understandably, if you've got a major spill, there's no real substitute besides maybe a wet dry shop vac.
Another issue I find is that they tend to harbor bacteria and need a decent amount of effort put into cleaning them after use.
I dunno about you, but for me, cleaning something after I’m done cleaning just doesn’t jive with me. I want to clean floors and be done for the day.
Have you ever tried using a steam mop? Absolute game changer!
They’ve been a staple in both my home and my professional cleaning setup since I first started using them several years ago.
There are a bunch of different types available on the market, ranging from heavy-duty to your average household model, so how do you know which one is best for you?
There are several things I tend to look at when using a steam mop:
Does it have a self-standing feature? Having to lean my mop against things is annoying, I want a mop that can stand up on its own!
How’s the water tank size? Repeatedly refilling a water tank while I’m in my cleaning flow mode can drag out the process, I want a decent-sized tank to at least get me through a few rooms.
What’s the size the mop head size? Does it have an attachment piece? Some mop steam mop heads can be sort of tiny and not cover enough ground or awkwardly shaped. I prefer a nice medium-sized rectangle
Does it require special water? Most steam mops need distilled water to prevent mineral build-up, but some are ok with plain ol’ tap. I prefer to use distilled water regardless since the tap water in my area is full of calcium and tends to clog up my mop.
Out of all the different steam mops I’ve tried, my favorite is *drum roll please*:
The Shark Genius S5003D!
That's right, and you'll feel like a genius for choosing it.
It has hands free changeable pad so I don’t have to wrestle with a dirty mop pad, a narrow head to fit into those tiny places, and it also has a steam blaster on the top so if there’s anything I can’t clean off the floor with a couple passes, I just flip the mop head and give it a blast of hot steam and bam, it lifts right up!
Where can I pick one up?
I like to purchase most of my products and equipment directly from distributors, so although they are available at Walmarts and Targets, I get mine direct at https://www.sharkclean.com
The steam mop saves a ton of time and energy you guys, so I highly recommend picking one up off amazon to up your house cleaning game.
Kicking A** and Cleaning Glass! Item #3
Cleaning showers and tubs are one of the most satisfying things I enjoy cleaning. I don’t know about you guys, but there’s something so rewarding about looking through a glass shower door at a soap scum-free tile shower floor.
This particular item is a simple tool found in many people’s showers already but it gets more use than I could have ever expected, having it in my work kit. Which item is this you might ask….
The SqueeGee!!!! Yeah, I know, nothing fancy right? You’d be surprised at how awesome and handy a squeegee is. Sudsing up and scrubbing glass, whether it’s with a glass cleaner or a soap and water combo, I always have to dry everything almost immediately after. That includes even the shower walls, floor, or tub basin.
Where can I get one?
Just about any hardware store or supply store, this one is made by the eco-friendly brand Full Circle they make stylish eco friendly cleaning tools and you can find them at https://fullcirclehome.com
My squeegee is the weapon of choice for collecting and pooling all that extra water to the drain. That way, I don’t have to waste too many of my extra cleaning Terry cloth rags in the process of drying and I have more to use later on more important things like polishing fixtures!
Hard Water? Hardly a Problem. Item #2
Does your home have a ton of calcium or lime in the water system? I know ours does, and if we don’t keep on top of it, everything the water touches gets that lovely spottiness that just doesn’t seem to come off even after you break your elbow scrubbing.
I run into the same issue constantly while doing professional home cleaning services. Clients that don’t keep a squeegee in their showers (refer to the last section) end up with that pocky-looking glass and it can be a nightmare trying to get it off.
Well, we recently discovered a heaven-sent product, and it works on so many different surfaces it’s nothing short of a miracle.
Where can you find it you ask?
The product is called Bio-Clean. You can order it off their website directly at https://bio-cleanproducts.com or find it on Amazon or at many hardware stores.
I’m not kidding you guys, Bio-clean is the best eco-friendly product I’ve ever used. I use it on glass, stained tubs, tile, and even to polish metal fixtures. It’s completely eco-friendly and it works so easily, hardly any elbow grease is required.
Having bio-clean in my kit completely changed my cleaning game. My home shower always looks pristine and my customer’s overall satisfaction with my cleaning is top notch!. I can’t recommend them enough! Never clean homes without it!
Scrub-A-Dub-Dub. Item #1
Using bleach-based products is just plain old gross! I can’t stand its smell, and proven to be bad for your health and bad for the environment!
If you need a bleach-free scrub for porcelain, the best eco-friendly product I’ve come by is Bonami! It’s basically like Comet or Bar Keepers friend but far less toxic, and safe for the environment.
I keep it handy in my kit at all times and I lean heavily on it for all my tub and sink scrubbing.
I’ve even used it to get light scratches out of a toilet that someone used a wire scrub pad to clean and worked like a charm. It restored the toilet to its full porcelain beauty and my client was over the moon about it!
Where can I find this miracle scrub?
Once again, I don’t like to use third-party shopping for my cleaning items, although you can find them at Target and a few other stores. I like going directly to the source. You can find Bonami at https://www.bonami.com/product/bon-ami-powder-cleanser/
I can’t stress to you enough how much I love and use this product. It’s so gentle that I don’t even use gloves!
There you have it!
That about sums up my essential list of items that I can’t go without. Hopefully, you found this information worthwhile and you end up adding some of these awesome tools to your kit as well!
Please feel free to reach out and comment below! Let me know about any products you love to use or if you have any thoughts on the things I listed in this post. Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!
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